THIS years barley quality turned out better than expected, says the HGCA after analysing over 5000 samples representing 85% of the UK crop.
The stop-start harvest seems to have had little adverse effect, says Rupert Somerscales. "The Scottish crop has been particularly good with high yields and low nitrogens, which will suit the local distilling industry."
But at an average of 66.2kg/hl, specific weights are 0.8kg/hl below the five-year mean. Pearl and Regina were the top two performers on 67.1 and 66.8, respectively.
Nitrogen contents averaging 1.67% are slightly below the five-year figure and last years 1.68%. Screenings, through a 2.25mm sieve, at 4.1% are 2.1% down on the five-year mean.